Joint BA for Select Majors/MA Museum Studies

For undergraduate majors in American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Journalism, or History who decide that they wish to apply their undergraduate knowledge to work in museums, the department offers a joint bachelor and master degree. Students should apply for the graduate program in their junior year and can take one undergraduate course, MST 4300, and three graduate courses, MST 5304, 5309, and 5311, during their senior year. Having completed the BA, they can graduate after one additional year of study. Students are required to meet all requirements for the BA in their undergraduate major for a total of 124 credit hours.

Admission Process

Students would apply to the graduate program in their junior year. Like the traditional MA program, applications would be due February 15. Successful applicants would begin their graduate coursework the following fall.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students must apply for formal admission to the Graduate School. This process will not require the GRE. Students must submit the following:

  • Two academic letters of reference
    • One letter of reference must be from a professor in the student’s major degree program.
  • One professional letter of reference
    • This letter of reference should come from an individual who can speak to the student’s professional potential. The individual may have supervised the student in a paid or volunteer position or served as an advisor to a student organization in which the student served in a leadership position.
  • Personal statement
  • Project sample
    • This should be a meaningful project (e.g. an academic paper, a website, an exhibit, a public program, an artwork) that would be included in a professional portfolio.

Eligible students also need to complete the following prior to submitting their application:

  • MST 1300 (Introduction to Museums)
  • At least one additional MST course selected from the following course offerings:
    • MST 2303 Museum Educational Programming
    • MST 3304 Introduction to Cultural Collections
    • MST 4308 Introduction to Material Culture
    • MST 4301 Non-Profit Perspectives
    • MST 4309 Introduction to American Decorative Arts
    • MST 4331 Exhibit Design and Preparation
  • Interview with the Graduate Program Director to discuss degree planning and program goals.

During the senior year, students must complete the following in order to continue in the joint B.A./M.A. program:

  • Earn a B or higher in each course taken toward the completion of the 12 hours of graduate credit in the senior year.

Department of Museum Studies

1300 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1233